Category Archives: Phoenix

Downpour

Downpour by Karen Gadient, 2017

Downpour. Acrylic on canvas.

It’s been monsoon season here in Arizona; the humidity has gone up and the rain has been coming down. While I loathe the heat of summer here, I admit that I love monsoon rainstorms―even with their occasional haboobs―enough to put up with the crazy temperatures. How’s the weather where you are?

The rain is falling all around,
It falls on field and tree,
It rains on the umbrellas here,
And on the ships at sea.
― Robert Louis Stevenson

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Desert Bloom

Desert Bloom by David Gadient, 2015

This made me smile today, so I hope I can pass that smile along to you!
A sweet floral photo that my husband David took during one of our visits to Desert Botanical Garden. Happy weekend!

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Purple Flower

Purple Flower by Karen Gadient, 2015

Purple Flower. Photograph with traditional watercolor layers and digital mixed media.

My husband David takes some wonderful photos and we thought it would be fun to see what I could create with them using scanned traditional art media and digital painting and editing. This purple flower was one David found during our last trip to Desert Botanical Garden. No idea what kind of flower it is, but it was on a bush, not a cactus. I’ll experiment more with his photos and share here.

Hope you’re having a great week so far!

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Black Cats and Art Snacks

Black Cat by Karen Gadient, 2015

Black Cat. Ink, colored pencil, and graphite on smooth bristol paper.

This month, I received my first Art Snacks box. Art Snacks is a monthly art supplies package, similar to the beauty and treat boxes that are so popular now.

I decided to give it a try because I no longer had other subscriptions. David and I had enjoyed our Vegan Cuts snack box, but treats often melted in transit (it’s over 100 degrees here for months on end), so we cancelled. In fact, the heat was the reason I stopped getting beauty boxes too: lots of melted makeup.

So, Art Snacks arrived with Halloween candy. Which melted! Shocking―not. However, the art supplies hadn’t melted, because they were mostly pens and pencils, a nice watercolor brush, plus a bottle of ink.

The little card that came with the supplies encouraged the use of all products in the box to make an original piece of art. David would have had me do it anyway, because he suggested the idea before I’d even read the card!

So… here you have it: a black cat for Halloween. Which seemed ideal, given that everything in the box was black―except one colored pencil, which was orange.

I’ll be trying the box again for November and making something with whatever I get. Hoping for more color next time. It’s a fun box for artsy types!

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Magnetic Flow

Magnetic Flow by Karen Gadient, 2015

Magnetic Flow. Digitally painted layers combined with textures.
Another digital sketchbook piece, but a bright art experiment worth sharing.

Long (Labor Day) weekend here. Our day-off plan might be brewing our own beer. Well, David’s plan―my job is pretty much just to share it once it’s ready to drink. Hope you’re having a great weekend, long or not!

Sunbeams joy-pierce clouds. ― Terri Guillemets

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Cacti-scope

Cacti-scope by Karen Gadient, 2015

“Cacti-scope” Kaleidoscope for #KaleidoSaturday. Created from a photograph taken in Desert Botanical Garden, digitally manipulated and color edited.

Hope you’re having a lovely weekend!

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TGIF: Afternoon Garden

Afternoon Garden by Karen Gadient, 2015

My second “FingerPaintingFriday”: watercolor and gouache on watercolor paper. Done entirely with fingers (and a nail or two). The red dots for flowers were done by placing a dot of paint on a fingertip and dabbing―clean and repeat. This one, I let dry and scanned, although the red wasn’t so bright once dry, alas.

The paper size was only 4 x 6 inches. Postcard size. Too tiny for fingerprinted foliage, really… so, it’s messy, but hey―it was fun. 😀

Inspiration was the recent plant sale at Desert Botanical Garden, where David found some nice tall cactus for the porch and a huge jade plant for his office.

Enjoy your weekend, friends!

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